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Concord and the Civil War: From Walden Pond to the Gettysburg Front - Rick Frese
Author Rick Frese (a native of Concord) explores in detail the part taken by Concord and its illustrious citizens during the Civil War -- at home, on the road, in the bloody battles, and finally on to victory.
The History Press, 2014. Paperback, 6 x 9 inch format, 128 pp.
Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and "Race" in New England, 1780-1860 - Joanne Pope Melish
Following the abolition of slavery in New England, white citizens seemed to forget that it had ever existed there. Drawing on a wide array of primary sources -- from slaveowners' diaries to children's
daybooks to racist broadsides -- the author reveals not only how northern society changed but how its perceptions changed as well. Placing race at the center of New England history, Melish contends that slavery was important not only as a labor system but also as an institutionalized set of relations. The collective amnesia about local slavery's existence became a significant component of New England regional identity.
Cornell University Press, 1998. Paperback, 296 pp.
Creating the John Brown Legend: Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Child and Higginson in Defense of the Raid on Harpers Ferry - Janet Kemper Beck
Explores the moment when literature and history collided and literature rewrote history. Includes 30 photographs, maps, proclamations, and a detailed timeline of events surrounding John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry.
McFarland, 2009. Paperback,
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